Travis Orndorff, the son of the late WWE Hall Of Fame “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, was interviewed on “The Hannibal TV” YouTube channel this week.
Travis explained why he went public with his father’s health issues a couple of months before his death and why he posted the video of his father in such a fragile state.
Travis said, “Let me start by saying that was not something that I ever wanted to do, ever planned on doing. Over the past few years, he’s been verbally, emotionally, and physically abused in his own household. I had filed multiple adult protection service orders and could not get any traction. When he was put in the hospital nobody knew and the hospitals were told there were no immediate family members available. When I went to the hospital after I got vaccinated and I could finally see him, that was the state he was in and if you look at it, there’s no way that happened overnight. That happened over a year’s time. I had filed abuse orders the year before as had other people that were trying to help me and at that point after I saw that they told me that they couldn’t do anything for me, I said if you don’t do something I’m going to post it socially, I’m going to post it publically so I can get people involved because I don’t know who you want me to contact to tell you that he’s abandoned…”
Travis said police were called at one point and there was nothing he wouldn’t have done to get his father home in his custody because he didn’t want his father to die “in the system.”
Travis continued, “He was abandoned, I felt desperate and when you’re trying to get people to see him, you’re relying on them going out but at that point, I had video proof to go [and say] ‘hey, this is what’s going on, this is what is the reality of the situation.’ Luckily people got involved…”
Travis said he took some heat for posting the video of his father but the reality was that he was trying to get his father back home so he could spend his final days and weeks with his family.
The WWE Hall Of Famer was thankfully able to spend the last weeks with his son before he passed away on July 12.
Click below for the full interview with Travis Orndorff.